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Offered: On Campus Apply

The department of music seeks to facilitate an environment of musical creativity, expressive performance, and contextualized music education with a Christ-centered and Spirit-empowered perspective and worldview.

Bachelor of Music in Pre-Teacher Certification

The bachelor of music degree is a professional degree preparing and equipping students for graduate programs or a career in music. Entrance into the bachelor of music degree is by audition only. Auditions are scheduled after students have applied to the university.

Bachelor of Arts in Music with Worship Leadership (Optional Emphasis)

The general music degree offers a student competency in basic musicianship that will serve them in a variety of liberal arts pursuits. This degree allows the student to choose 20 interdisciplinary electives or choose an elective emphasis (music ministry or applied music).

Single Subject Matter Program: Music

The single subject matter programs allow students to complete their subject matter competence through undergraduate coursework, in preparation for pursuing a teaching credential.

I feel accepted and supported. Nobody has denied my aspirations as an artist.

Eddie Martinez, '19
Music Major

"It is an honor for me to be a part of the Vanguard faculty where the mentoring of students and family atmosphere is real. Students of all levels excel and become equipped with marketplace skills. Watching our students evolve throughout their four years is what I love the most."

Susanne Reid, DMA Department of Music Chair


Building a Legacy

William will never forget sharing the news with his mom about his acceptance to Vanguard. He was thrilled when he got the unexpected news that he had received a scholarship for his double major in psychology and music.

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California Commission on Teacher Credentialing
California Commission on Teacher Credentialing
National Association of Schools of Music
National Association of Schools of Music
Western Association of Schools & Colleges

A Sampling of Music Courses

MUSC 250

Concert Choir

Concert Choir

The study and performance of major choral literature representative of all periods of music, including standard classical repertoire, spirituals, folk songs, hymn/anthem arrangements, and contemporary Christian music. Frequent church and school concerts (up to two per month), with Spring public relations tour. Meets three hours weekly. Meets the ensemble requirement for music majors and minors and is an elective course. Open to all undergraduate and graduate students by audition and interview.

MUSC 411

Creative Worship in the Contemporary Church

Creative Worship in the Contemporary Church

Prerequisite: MUSC 309. This course is designed to teach how to craft a theologically relevant service; overseeing the sound and media; clarifying the role of visuals; building the team and managing rehearsals; working with the band; relating to pastor. Emphasis on skill development and student projects. Offered Spring of odd years.

MUSC 462

Music and Business

Music and Business

A study of the business aspects of the music industry including topics such as identification of the management team, the recording industry, songwriting and music publishing, touring, music merchandising and motion picture music.Offered Fall of even years.

Meet Our Faculty & Staff

Connie Chun


Kenneth Foerch


James Melton


Joni Prado


Susanne Reid

Dr., Chair of Music

Robert Reno


Seth Roybal


Nancy Stuck


Scarlet Wu

Music Coordinator

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